The Ottawa Jewish Home for the Aged was founded by concerned members of the Ottawa Jewish community who sought to establish a Home for the accommodation of Jewish elderly. The original building, Hillel Lodge, was officially opened on October 10, 1965, and through various expansions, in September 2000, the Lodge relocated to the Joseph and Inez Zelikovitz Long-Term Care Centre on the Jewish Community Campus. On December 19, 2011, the Joseph and Inez Zelikovitz Pavilion was opened bringing the Lodge’s total beds to its present complement of 121; 75 private rooms, 18 semi-private (each with a private room and shared bathroom), and 14 shared or basic rooms (two beds / room with a shared bathroom).
There are 5 care units, 4 accommodating 25 residents each and 1 with 21 residents; each smaller than the average unit size of 32 beds/unit. The Two East care unit is a secure unit which meets the needs of residents with dementia. As Hillel is a residence, care is
provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As part of the Ottawa Jewish Community Campus, the Lodge is part of a continuum of life. Conveniently located, the campus is visited daily by hundreds of people of all ages who work, visit or attend school here. This serves to enrich the lives of the residents who are included in community events and benefit from inter-generational programming.